The Long-Overdue Resistance Rises Post

When brainstorming possible posts to write this weekend, I realized I’d never taken the time to appreciate Lego’s The Resistance Rises shorts. I am remedying that today, because these are super-fun, super-clever, and even know how to bring some serious feels as we get to revisit the Force Awakens era in a whole new way! Let me share some of my favorite things about them as we watch.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII

POE TO THE RESCUE

The first of the shorts offers a really nice look at the (sort of) average daily life for the Resistance and the First Order before VII’s events. Starkiller Base has yet to make its first appearance, but Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren are still coming up with new ways to make things difficult for their enemies. But when you’ve got the crack team of Poe, Threepio, and BB-8 on your tail, the odds are not something you wanna hear 🙂

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– Nice hearing Tom Kane’s narrator voice at a different time and place in the SW universe!
– Ackbar is a serious boss you guys. I don’t know how old he is, but he sure hasn’t slowed down! Wow did anyone else sort of just remember that he’s been through the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War and now all this stuff with the First Order vs. the Resistance? It’s almost unreal how much of Star Wars history he’s been involved in! Major respect points.
– (Mostly) acid rain-proof umbrellas. A must for any Resistance pilot! How did Threepio get out there though?? For an old droid, he gets himself into a lot of trouble! #Understatement
– Threepio, I think you may be the first person in the world to look at BB-8 and not be excited. But I guess since Artoo’s been out of commission a while, it’s easy to see how Threepio might’ve been bummed out those beeps and chirps were from a different astromech. Aww that just made me a shed a tear…
– Poe and Threepio’s dynamic is hilarious. I could seriously use more of these guys’ shenanigans in my life. The ace pilot and his general’s very-particular protocol droid! Comedy gold!
– Hey Threeps, for what it’s worth, I’d like to hear the story of that new arm of yours. I probably will once I start going through all those comics I’m severely overdue on reading. Until then, maybe R0-GR can help you write your autobiography! 🙂
– That graycoat really should’ve known better than to stand underneath a troop transport’s door #Fail #ButWhatAGloriousFailTho The fact his head got attached to the bottom of the door Lego-style made it all the funnier XD
– Boy they had a lot of prisoners. What’d they have against a wampa and a jawa?? Who knows? Probably Kylo Ren’s just annoyed by everything XP
– “Captain Phasma… you have failed me for the first time. Which is… weird. That’s never happened!” Love that he’s totally channeling his grandpa-senpai again. Also mad props to whoever’s voicing him. I wish these things had credits ’cause if I didn’t know better I’d think it was Adam Driver himself!
POE’S X-WINGGGGG GUYS. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I WATCHED THIS SHORT SO I FORGOT IT WAS IN THERE AND NOW I’M POSITIVELY GIDDY.

REY STRIKES BACK

Everyday life on Jakku looks to be nothing short of unforgiving and miserable. Episode VII already made that clear, but this short certainly drives the point home again. But Rey ain’t takin’ crud from no one today. Not from Plutt, not from Plutt’s cronies, and certainly not from any space cacti! I love her drive, determination, and outright sass in this short, as well as her impressive building skillz, as she takes on every blow this desolate world can deal her. There’s a reason she’s made it this long out here.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– “Nothing can flourish there, but a young scavenger named REY is certainly trying….” well-said, Mr. Kane!
– I gotta say, I think my favorite thing about this short is Kevin, Unkar Plutt’s precious pet space cactus and only friend. I just think about it and I die laughing. It’s good to know the guy has a soft spot for something besides money! Also, whenever I want to work on my Rey impression, “‘Kevin’? You gave your plant a name?”, is my go-to XD It’s all just so beautifully hilarious and perfectly Lego.
– Suddenly, Twilight remembers she has named plants before and realizes she’s the pot calling the kettle “black”.
– I love her speeder is like a bucking bronco with those thugs! Don’t mess with her fierce, noble steed!
– Guys! Throwing Lego bricks around is dangerous! Do you know how much those things hurt when their corners hit your skin?! Or when you step on one?! Or when you get your hair caught between them?! Things just got realllllll…
– Random thought: if it weren’t for the fact Luke’s going to be training her, I bet Rowan Freemaker would take her on as his apprentice. Girl can masterbuild!
HOLY MOS EISLEY, THAT’S THE GHOST OUT THERE. WITH MODIFICATIONS. I THINK. I COULD BE WRONG. BUT THIS IS CANON TO ME NOW. Someone from the original crew better be flying it though. I doubt General Syndulla would let some schnook steal it. Goodness this just got me thinkin’ on the Rebs’ futures something fierce. *Gets lost in thought for ten minutes pondering what fate may befall the Rebels in their last season* It could just be another ship of the same variety, but… you have to wonder.

HUNTING FOR HAN

Maz’s Castle looks like a fun place, even with its sometimes-frightening and untrustworthy clientele. Perhaps because its owner is so wise and welcoming and noble. But as we see in this short, for all the crazy crowds it attracts, there are always a few genuine souls who come through the Castle’s doors…

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– You guys ever wonder where Maz finds this stuff? Avid eBayer I guess. And I’m sure having a professional career as a pirate helps you know where to find certain things…
– Knowing how this ends, why would anyone slap a “poisonous” sticker on a suitcase containing musical instruments? Well I guess Bala Tik’s got a reputation to keep. Bartering something so non-lethal would get a laugh out of the rest of the galaxy’s common criminals. That, or maybe certain species are actually negatively effected by the sounds of these space-saxophones, like maybe it makes their heads explode or something. Hmm…
– The “silver fox” comment cracked me up beyond belief. But it’s true… all of it!
– You have to wonder though if all of these incidents were really Han’s fault. I mean, sure he’s not doing the best with his life right now but it doesn’t mean he’s a complete scoundrel! Everyone’s just jealous ’cause they know they will never age that well XP
– “I heard Greedo shot first!” “THEM’S FIGHTIN’ WORDS!!” Oh boy, this again…? Guys. There are far more interesting debates in the world of Star Wars than that old argument.
– Wow can Maz use that lightsaber! She may have been saving it for someone special to find it someday, but it sure has its uses in the meantime!
– And aw yay Lando!! I love so much that, though he and Han seem to have gone different ways over the course of their lives, Lando still always has his buddy’s back. It gives me many feels. Wonder what the old smoothie’s been up to though? Y’know what, I bet he manages that casino Finn and Rose are gonna go on a mission to in VIII. That would be truly awesome. Either way, watching him play the space-sax with Maz Kanata is so sweet and gives me hope that Lando Calrissian’s doin’ all right, wherever in the galaxy he is 🙂

THE TROUBLE WITH RATHTARS

Possibly my favorite short in the bunch, we get to see an average everyday for Han and Chewie and the dangers of their recent business ventures, as well as a softer side to one of my favorite SW monsters.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– But why did Chewie let the rathtars out to begin with?? Did he feel sorry for them? I could see Chewbacca having some compassion on the poor giant squishy balls of death.
– OK and seriously, despite they’re being pursued by TIEs and they’ve got loose rathtars on board, Han is still handling this clunky ship like a dream.
– “That’s Dooku, Kitster, Lobot”??? Wizard code, bro XD
– Also Han rolling the window down is just so ludicrously hilarious, like OMG that’s so good. I’m convinced this freighter might’ve been rebuilt with some earth-made spare parts. It’s got side-view mirrors, seatbelts (evidently), and brakes! I’m pretty sure none of those things are normal, but hey spare parts are spare parts.
– Chewie lullabying the rathtars to sleep is literally too precious! I’ve always loved the rathtars, as they made a big impression on me as the first SW monster I saw on the big screen, but this short made me love them even more, ’cause really they’re just giant squishy sweethearts :3
– Even if they can and will eat your face any other chance they get.

ATTACK OF THE CONSCIENCE

A surprisingly deep little finale, we get a sense as to where Finn came from and the friends he’d made, and why it wasn’t just that first attack on Jakku that changed his mind on his stormtrooping career.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– WHOA THEY STILL HAVE AT-ATS! Do you think they finally figured out how to make ’em Jedi-proof?
– I like this concept of ‘trooper training looking like middle school soccer practice XD
– Wait. So they only fight fake Rebels, but with real detonators?? *Shoots a disapproving look at Phasma*
– I think the voice of Finn is also the voice of Zander Freemaker, and he’s doing awesome at it.
– “That’s Kylo Ren! He’s awesome!” “I know! He threatened to have me destroyed once!” “…WHAT?” Um yeah, this really ain’t soccer practice, FN-2187.
– I like that every time Finn starts questioning the plan, he lifts his helmet up, which we know is a major stormtrooper no-no. I’m sure the First Order taught the ‘troopers that they’re the good guys and everything they’re doing is for peace ultimately, but I’m glad that somehow, Finn has a broader moral compass that’s allowing him to see attacking a village as questionable. Guess he was out sick that one day they had the seminar on jerkiness.
– And boy… when you think about what’s about to happen from here… OH YOU POOR CHILD. YOU POOR, POOR CHILD. *Cries for Finn and his friend, too*
– But despite all the pain about to go down, Captain Phasma’s not wrong when she remarks “…your destiny awaits.”

So yeah aren’t those just great? I do so love me some Lego Star Wars! And since I haven’t discussed The Force Awakens as much I’dve like to, I’m glad I could immerse myself in this era again and hopefully start some interesting conversations as we get excited for the next chapter in this beautiful saga in only six more months!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City

Time for another adventure alongside the Freemaker fam! Excited about doing this one, ’cause if I were the kind of person who could actually pick favorites, this might be my favorite episode so far. Of course you know me they’re all my favorites but regardless, The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City is a real treasure 🙂 So let’s just skip the usual awkward cliche segue into the episode and just start already.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode V, Episode VI, TCW storyarc “The Citadel”, and Freemaker episode The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City

So I love how the episode opens up a little earlier in the timeline, right smack dab near the end of Empire as said Empire starts taking over Bespin. As Lando heads off in the Falcon, he gives Lobot the job of protecting some priceless something hidden away in the Governor’s quarters. BTW his quarters are amazing. So funky freshhh XD And that disco Cantina music tho! Not forgetting his happenin’ roots! Unfortunately, Lobot’s not able to get to the treasure in time before two ‘troopers bust down the door. Oh noes! Now what??
A few weeks later (give or take), we find Rowan hard at work Jedi-ing and his siblings hard at work trying to make a few creds. Nobody’s really getting that far though. Kordi lost a potential sale, and Rowan’s having the hardest time trying to use the Force to put two pieces together. Naare’s all “THIS IS IMPORTANT. YOU MUST FORCE THEM TOGETHER!” Hmm call me crazy but that’s not the most Jedi-y concept. And then suddenly she’s got an incoming message from her superiors. Pff can you imagine if they had ringtones and suddenly the Imperial March started blasting out? XD Yeah Vader and Sidious aren’t really thrilled she’s taking so long with this. Naare insists that training Rowan is an important part of the job. To that, the Emperor suggests that maybe her apprentice is actually scheming against her, instead of the other way around. Hey, when you’re a Sith, someone’s pretty much always after the power you’ve got, so it’s not impossible. Of course, Rowan is the sweetest smol child there is, and the idea of him deceiving someone like that is ridiculous, but they don’t know that. And so the Darths shall keep calling their agent every five seconds until they get results! Just send it all to voicemail, girl.
Anyway Rowan is pretty frustrated right now. There’s so much pressure riding on him to find the Kyber Saber crystals and save the galaxy and junk, and his inability to do something relatively simple with the Force has him down. Zander offers that maybe he needs to relax a little and not force it. And maybe relax a little and enjoy the lower-level podraces! Sure they’re loud and wild and dangerous, but I know that’d bring me out of a funk! Unfortunately Rowan’s a little height-challenged and can’t see much of anything. So he takes a walk around the lower ring, where he happens upon some ol’ smoothie and a walking carpet offering a reward to whoever can recover a certain priceless something from Cloud City. Knowing Kordi was a bit down from their recent lack of profits, he quickly offers to take the job. Lando’s a little hesitant, but since no one else wants to get involved with the Alliance or the Empire, it looks like the Freemakers just got hired. Also isn’t it great seeing Lando and Chewbacca again? Like with Rebels, I love getting to know all these new heroes, but it’s always fun when they run into familiar faces 🙂
Speaking of familiar faces oh look it’s Dengar! Oh, and the headbutter brothers Raam and Baash, too. The three’ve been searching endlessly for the whereabouts of the Freemaker boy and haven’t had any luck. But the bros do know about a certain job that could pay a pretty penny… also second lunch sounds like a wonderful idea! BRB I’m gonna get something to munch.
*Comes back with cookie* OK so where were we? Oh yeah “YOU TOOK HIM TO THE LOWER RING?? WHY NOT GIVE HIM DEATHSTICKS WHILE YOU’RE AT IT!” XD I just love how they find ways to weave every inch of the SW galaxy into this show :3 Though she had some problems with Zander’s idea of brotherly bonding, Kordi is definitely in when there’s a small fortune involved. They leave Roger in charge while they’re gone, making it clear he not tell a soul what they’re doing. Anddd just then Naare walked in. Roger just about sang like a canary. Only thing is, he didn’t tell Naare everything, and what she got out of it was that Rowan was after another Kyber Saber fragment. Suddenly the Emperor’s crazy idea wasn’t so crazy after all. Next stop, Bespin. Y’all don’t doublecross the doublecrosser!! And don’t forget Dengar and his crew, they’re coming too! Oh boy…
On board the Star Scavenger, Rowan wrestles with those bricks again, and fails, again. To help cheer him up, Zander allows his little bro to take them out of hyperspace. Though a small moment, I feel like it’s worth mentioning. Considering it wasn’t long ago he wasn’t allowed to touch anything, it feels a little like Rowan’s grown up some. Plus, it’s just too darn sweet on Zan’s part. I love we really get to see the Freemakers’ tight family bond in this episode. But more on that later. With some fabulous matching jumpsuits, the crew talks their way past the stormtroopers without a problem. And they have no clue that two forms of trouble landed nearby. Oh and this line: “You will take a long march off a short platform…” IT’S PERFECT MAN. SUCH BURN! Honestly it needs to be on a t-shirt. So while Zander and Rowan take a look at that carbon freezing chamber, Kordi sneaks into Calrissian’s place. She be diggin’ that groovy vibe… also probably the fact she’s clearly working for a pretty rich dude 😀
“Ooooh buttons!!” *Runs hand across panel and turns off the repulsorlift briefly* Yeah so maybe Rowan hasn’t grown up that much XP Yeah it’s fun watching Zander and Rowan goofing around and throwing around some puns while “fixing up” the chamber. Though it turns out Ro actually finds the problem. “Somehow that coolant tube was cut in two” Hmm I wonder how that coulda happened… to think, a seriously epic confrontation happened in here a short time ago! So so cool! And I know I keep saying the same thing over and over again but I can’t help it. Rowan decides to try and reattach the hoses with the Force, but once again isn’t successful. Seeing how disappointed in himself Ro is, Zander quietly manually puts the two hoses back together and gives him the credit. Seriously omgosh he’s being such a good brother today… even if it all sorta resulted in Rowan getting frozen in carbonite. The second he fell through I was all “OH DANG”. I think we all were. Zander is horrified. And then Kordi runs in and also is horrified. And then Dengar and his goons run in and grab the million-credit case. And then Naare runs in and Force-grabs the assumptively kyber-crystal-filled case “for safekeeping”. Let’s just say nobody in the room is happy right now. And then Raam and Baash realize that the block of carbonite is the one they were looking for. Dengar and crew make a run for it with their “precious cargo”, Kordi and Zander are after them, and Naare still has no idea what’s actually going on. I was genuinely worried they’d get away and we wouldn’t be seeing Rowan for a few episodes. Determined to keep Dengar from flying off with his brother, Zander grabs Naare’s lightsaber and destroys a main hose… a hose that might keep the city in the clouds afloat. It certainly does provide some benefits, I mean, the lack of gravity does help them get Rowan back. And his carbonite form mixed with the gravity issue makes an excellent magic carpet of sorts for Zander, Kordi, and Naare to chase down Dengar. So ultimately they get their bro to safety and the case, too. Only issue still is that… riiiiight they’re falling to their doom. And if Legends literature is correct, I’m pretty sure there’s a liquid metal planet core awaiting them O.O Also did I mention Naare may’ve been knocked out during the wild ride? So that means the only one who possibly fix the repulsorlift generator right now is Rowan. And though Rowan is thawed out, he can’t see. Interesting thought: in the Citadel arc in TCW, nobody got carbon sickness from the freezing process, assumptively because they weren’t in there that long. Whereas Han was in their for a long while so it made sense why it had an adverse effect. But Rowan wasn’t in there even as long as the Jedi and clones were earlier and he was effected. So… I guess carbon sickness just depends on the individual? Or did the Jedi and Clones do something to prevent it, like some sort of anti-carbon-sickness vaccine? Good question. Either way fact is Rowan really really doesn’t think he can do this now, even more so than before. But with time running short, Zander convinces him to at least try. And oh my land what happens next is so so beautiful. Kordi and Zander stand beside their brother as he gives it all he’s got. I was seriously crying here people. The Freemaker kids may not always get along, but they will always stand by each other whatever comes their way. And that was the worst understatement ever forgive me. But wow it leaves me at a loss for words! And this time, he does it. Rowan fixed the generator and this chunk of the city returns to the clouds where it belongs. Isn’t it funny how ultimately Rowan learned how to better his use of the Force not because of his official Force-wielding Jedi master, but thanks to his average everyday non-Force-wielding family. OMG IT’S STILL SO AMAZING I CAN’T I CAN’T RIGHT NOW. HOLY COW THE FEELS. I’M SORRY I’M BUTCHERING THIS INCREDIBLE EPISODE AND I GUARANTEE YOU I WILL THINK OF A MORE ELOQUENT DESCRIPTION LATER AFTER I WRITE THIS BUT WHO CARES RIGHT NOW AHHHH I LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ❤
So Lando was quite happy to be reunited with his lost treasure, which turned out to be his fabulous cape. Hey either way Kordi was happy she got an armload of shiny gold credits XD As for Naare, well, she may actually want to take that vacation now. All this paranoia over nothing done wore her out! Dengar, on the other hand, may be stuck in a Cloud City prison, but he does now have a little business card that will help make that bounty hunting of his easier. And the headbutter boys finally got some good food! Looks like things worked out pretty much for everyone today (except for Naare I guess, but at least it turned out Rowan wasn’t doublecrossing her so that’s kinda good)… which may not work out well for everyone later. But for now, it’s great to see the Freemakers finally win, and whatever happens… this family is a force to be reckoned with.
Aww yay such a wonderful episoooooode :3 I’m so sorry again that I kinda flubbed the post with a sudden inability to put my thoughts into words. But I hope you got something out of it. Perhaps I’ll do a recap post at the end of the season like I do with Rebels to amend for anything I didn’t explain well. But until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight